Photoshop CC: Ability to sample colors from the Libraries panel

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I think it would be a great improvement if I could sample colors from my CC Library anywhere within Photoshop. Presently, for example, if I am editing a Gradient Overlay for a layer and I want to change a color to one I have already defined in my Library I can't! I can click on the swatch I want but it doesn't translate to the color picker for the gradient I am trying to edit. So I have to hover over and look for the hex value and manually type that in. This seems so counter-intuitive to the way the Library should work. Yes I can set the foreground color, but that is only in the toolbar and that doesn't help while I am editing a Layer Style.
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Mike Buckhout-White

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Chris Cox

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Correct, you can't sample colors from the libraries panel while in a modal dialog.
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Jess Louwagie

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I would like to see this feature too - assuming its realted, but would love to be able to apply a library color to a segment of text (highlight portion of text, apply color from library)
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Absolutely retarded.

It's like none of the devs even use PS.

What's the point of colour swatches if you can't even access them in 50% of the occasions where you're prompted to select a colour?!
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Vector Booster

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please implement this feature Adobe!
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Laura Kent

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I agree!!  I am typing text and don't want the entire text box to be one color, but would like to highlight certain areas and click from the libraries to change the color.  I'd like them to behave like the swatches- but libraries are easier to view because they can be grouped by project colors.  I can't even turn a color library into a swatch easily.  

Same with text characters.  It's entire text boxes or nothing, and can't be applied when EDITING the text...  Doesn't make sense.  I like that you don't have to be editing the text to use it, but that it CAN'T be used when editing text seems counter-intuitive.
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Please add this feature! It's so badly needed. I like how i can color pick my Swatches. Wish I was able to color pick my CC Libraries.  I'm currently using stand alone app called Sip just to be able to color pick from Libraries. 

Here's a screen capture of how it currently works: 
https://media.giphy.com/media/l0IycPaWoUou1yE0w/giphy.gif
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Mike Shipley

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I can't believe it has been two years and this still doesn't exist. Ridiculous!!!!!!
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Victor Bustos

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My thoughts exactly. Maybe we're using Photoshop wrong and it's not meant to be used that way?
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Cristian Moisei

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Adobe should indeed have implemented this but in the meantime you can use an app like ColourSnapper (paid but much more reliable) or Sip (free with a premium plan).

I never felt this pain because I always had CS installed.
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Mike Shipley

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Those are both mac .... Any recommendations for Windows?
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Gener7

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You can click and drag the eyedropper tool from the document window to any part of Photoshop, including the colors in the Library Panel and select them that way. Not elegant, but should do until this feature is added.
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Victor Bustos

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Mike, I used to use Pixie and it worked great when I used to be on Windows 7. Should work fine on the latest version of Windows.  http://www.nattyware.com/pixie.php 

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I vote for this! In addition, can there be a way to set the color management for the libraries? At top level branding, they tend to select a PMS, CMYK, RGB, and these don't always match how Adobe chooses to handle the colors in each type of document. 

It would be so cool, if we could do something souped up for branding colors that sets how color should be handled for each document type. This doesn't sound like a big deal, but if I need to match something so that it "blends into" and matches a background color, it can quickly turn into a huge deal! I'm working with designs that must translate to multiple campaigns, from booth signage to print collateral to matching social and web. I need the colors to be spot on. :-)

Say, you want to "set" a color as a special "brand color."

Right click, "Set as Brand Color" and this brings up the following dialogue box:

SET BRAND COLOR 1:
PMS:
CMYK :
RGB:
HTML:

This would save me and others soooooo much time.

Also, can we divorce color themes from Adobe Color? 5 is really, REALLY limited and it seems like the web colors get out of whack often since that tool was originally meant for hex code colors. I would much prefer the ability to create a color collection of our 12 total branding colors. If I could make larger color groupings, it would be so much easier for my branding palettes, especially those that live inside the same parent company. 
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Yes please do fix this. I have asked tech support about it today and there was no solution. 
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Wow. I thought I must've been missing something, but this is SUCH a glaring omission. The fact that this is "under consideration" and has been for over THREE YEARS is utterly ridiculous. WTF is the point of having the library swatches if I can't colour pick them? OK - I'll close the colour picker, then drag them from the Library panel to my swatches panel....oh, that doesn't work either. What the hell, Adobe? How can you leave such a hideous bug (and it is a bug) for YEARS?
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Wow. I had to create an account just so I could comment on this. I thought for sure I was missing something. But, you seriously can't access the library panel from the layer styles panel. That's absurd. In the past I've just been too lazy to Google the solution, but it never dawned on me one didn't exist. I agree with the poster above who asked, "Do the developers even USE the product??"
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Agree with the previous two posts! And technically not a bug, but a user experience design fail. The addition of Libraries and sharable assets is great - but the fact they cannot be used within the context or normal, expected user tasks is obviously a miss. Would greatly appreciate a fix to this in the near future (I posted to this thread 2 years ago!), its something that frustrates me EVERY day, no exaggeration.
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